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Standalone Sampler/Sequencer with 8x8 Pad Matrix, 4 Synth Engines, 2 Audio Inputs, Stereo Outputs, CV/Gate, MIDI I/O, and Ableton Link Compatibility
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You may decide to ditch your laptop for good after you get your hands on the Akai Professional Force standalone sampler and sequencer. But combined with Ableton Live on your computer, Force becomes one of the most powerful music production systems available. On its own, you have command over powerful sampling capabilities (with real-time time stretching and pitch shifting), looping, four built-in synth engines, clip launching, step sequencing, and even DJ functionality. And Force is also ready to integrate with your favorite hardware, with CV/Gate and MIDI connectivity. Complete with over 10GB of sounds and the ability to import your own samples via USB, SD card, or even a SATA drive, the Akai Force is one of the most comprehensive standalone music production systems ever created.

Akai Professional Force at a Glance:

  • Standalone – no computer required
  • 8x8 clip launch matrix with RGB LEDs
  • 7" full color capacitive multitouch display
  • Mic / instrument / line inputs, 4 outputs
  • MIDI In / Out / Thru
  • 4 configurable CV/Gate outputs
  • Remix, mash-Up, DJ and produce with 6 Track types for complete audio / MIDI / CV sequencing and performance capability
  • Performance Modes including 16-Pad Drums, Notes, Smart Scales, Chords & Progressions
  • MPC Sample Editing
  • Automatic BPM detection, real-time time-stretching and pitch-shifting
  • 8 touch-sensitive knobs with graphical OLED displays
  • 4 powerful, fully-editable synth engines
  • 16GB of on-board storage (over 10 gigs of sound content included)
  • Full-Size SD card Slot & 2 USB 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers
  • User-expandable 2.5" SATA drive connector (SSD or HDD)

True standalone sampling and sequencing

Force delivers a comprehensive DAW-like experience, complete with deep sampling and sequencing capabilities from the MPC series. Record your own samples and loops directly via the audio inputs, or import them via USB or SD card. You can even expand Force’s capacity with your own SATA drive. Real-time time stretch algorithms and auto bpm detection make syncing samples and loops fast and easy. You can even import multiple stems and sync them to the same bpm for instant mashups. With its highly playable 8 x 8 matrix, its vivid 7" multi-touch screen, and built-in synth engines, the Akai Force is a powerful tool whether you’re producing in your studio or performing onstage.

Four built-in synth engines from AIR Music Technology

Within Force are four impressive synth engines developed by AIR Music Technology. They offer deep editing capabilities, giving you access to everything from bass, leads, and plucks to pads, soundscapes, and effects. Play them in real time via the velocity-sensitive pads or an external MIDI controller, if you prefer. Or sequence them with the piano roll. Either way, you can apply the onboard arpeggiator at any time or switch over to Note mode to access intelligent chord, progression, and scale options.

Coming soon: Deep integration with Ableton Live

If you’re already producing music with Ableton Live DAW software, the Akai Force is the perfect addition to your workflow. Everything you do with Force in standalone mode can be saved as an Ableton Live Set and exported to Live for further production. And because it’s compatible with Ableton Link, you can connect Force to your wireless network and sync your project with any Ableton Link–compatible software or hardware, including Akai’s MPC series. On top of all that, Force is also a stellar controller for the drums, instruments, and clips within Ableton Live itself.

    What Akai Says...

    Redefine your expectations. Force blurs—no, eliminates!—the lines between contemporary music production solutions and next-generation DJ performance technology, setting the precedent for a new industry standard. Fusing clip-launching, step sequencing, sampling, synth engines and tactile touch screen control into a standalone, performance-driven device, Force combines must-have modern functionality with an ultra-intuitive workflow that harnesses your creativity for maximum expressive capability. The ultimate side-cart and a solo centrepiece in its own right, Force provides the pinnacle of liberated performance capability that roots your focus on delivering the ultimate performance, whatever your next set demands.

    Remix

    Seamlessly Import stems, loops and one-shots into Force’s 8x8 clip matrix and set playback modes including loop and trigger settings to remix and reimagine your tracks on the fly.

    Mashup

    Import multiple stems, then tune and time-stretch your content for immense mash-up potential – all content syncs to your master BPM so you never miss a beat.

    DJ

    Seamlessly assign tracks to Force’s crossfader, load full tracks, stems or loops to Force’s 8x8 matrix - fuse with scene/clip payback for an unrestricted DJ experience.

    XYFX

    Add impressive flair to your sets by harnessing the power of Force’s multi-touch display and on-board XYFX. Apply filter, modulation and beat repeat effects in real time to individual tracks, select outputs or tracks.

    Ableton Link

    Connect Force to your wireless network and sync your project with any Ableton Link compatible application or hardware device, including our iconic MPC Series.

    Warp

    Never miss a beat, thanks to Force’s dual custom real-time time stretch algorithms and auto BPM detection for effortless syncing of all audio within your project to your master BPM.

    Cue Mix

    The perfect drop! Prep your mix with dedicated cue assign controls and a cue mixer for all audio assigned to outputs 3/4 or via the cue-blend control on the headphone out.

    Perform

    At the heart of Force is an intuitive clip-centric workflow that forms the creative core of your performance. Combine multiple Modes with Plugin Tracks, MPC-Style Drum tracks, Audio tracks, Keygroup tracks, MIDI tracks and CV tracks to define clip types, then sculpt clips via step sequencing, drum pad performances and note data.

    Audio Tracks

    Capture Audio from the dedicated combo inputs, load / sequence samples from Force’s browser or resample from another track.

    Drum Tracks

    Browse the expansive factory kit library or create your own with samples loaded from USB thumb drives or SD cards. With full MPC Sample Editing functionality fused with 16-Pad or Step-Sequencing performance Modes, it’s simple to create your perfect groove.

    Plugin Tracks

    Hard-coded into the Force Architecture are four premium synth engines, each with full editing capability for immersive sound sculpting potential. Sequence via a traditional piano roll, apply the onboard Arpeggiator or switch up to Note Mode for instant access to intelligent chord, progression and scale options.

    Keygroup Tracks

    Load multi-sampled instrument keygroups and playback samples chromatically via a MIDI keyboard or Force’s pads. Using the on-board autosampler, create your own keygroups from your outboard synth gear and sound modules for instant recall within your project.

    MIDI Tracks

    Send your track’s MIDI data to an external MIDI device including synths and drum machines. Connect your peripheral studio outboard to Force and sample your gear to an Audio Track.

    CV Tracks

    Get the most out of your modular rig. With CV tracks send your track’s MIDI data to external devices via Force’s 4 CV/Gate outputs.

    Meet The Synth Engines

    Hype: Cover everything from hard-hitting plucks to sultry melodic leads with this preset and macro-based synth combining multiple synth engines (wavetable, FM, subtractive, sampling) and a giant preset library into a single easy-to-use package.

    TubeSynth: Emulate the sound of classic vintage analog poly-synths with an advanced analog modelling algorithm plus packaged with five integrated AIR effects.

    Bassline: Access the sounds of a classic mono synths with variable oscillator waveshapes, Sub/fifth oscillators, LPF & HPF options and four integrated AIR effects.

    Electric: The ultimate in classic e-piano emulation with Pickup, Envelope, Bell and Noise parameter sections, fiver AIR effects and dozens of pre-sets to get you started.

    Produce

    The ultimate creative sketchpad. Under the hood, Force provides musicians of all disciplines DAW-centric capability for an immersive, creative experience without limitation.

    Realtime Sampling

    Using Force’s sampler, capture audio from combo inputs or resample from within the Force project. Add up to four real-time insert effects while recording and assign captured audio immediately to Tracks and Programs all a truly effortless live workflow environment.

    MPC Sampling Editing

    Without doubt, Akai Professional’s MPC series cements the most advanced sample editing capability modern production demands. With Force, trim, crop, chop, process and manipulate samples with all the power our iconic MPC series provides. Seamlessly assign and layer samples and sequence via Force’s RGB pads or the touch display.

    The Perfect Groove

    When it comes to capturing your performance, Force instantly adapts to your needs with all critical tools modern DAWs provide. With an on-board step sequencer, MPC pad modes, legendary MPC Swing and a touch grid editor, capturing and honing your MIDI data for the perfect groove is just a touch away.

    Looper

    Resample your clips or capture audio from Force’s collection of inputs and discover the endless creative possibilities of looping. Backed by an intuitive Touch User interface and full audio routing capability Force’s Looping capability is perfect for studio-centric inspiration or adding something truly original to your performance.

    Mix

    Using Force’s Track and Pad Mixers, set levels, pan, assign insert FX and send source audio to any one of four internal sends for all program pads, project tracks and the master output. With dozens of processors and effects from the AIR FX suite (made famous by ProTools), all controllable via smart assignments on the rotary encoders or the displays on the touch user interface, discover a fluid, immersive mixing experience without compromise.

    Sounds

    Out-the-box, Force comes preloaded with 10GB+ of must-have sounds from industry leading sample content providers including SampleTools by CR2, MSX Audio and Sample Magic. With 248 Kits, 16 Demo Projects, 2500+ Loops and 500+ patterns, Force’s core library provides immediate access to the most sought-after sounds to inspire your creativity from the get-go.

    Splice

    Simplify your sample browsing and auditioning with on-board Splice integration in Force. Splice Sounds fuels the creativity of producers around the world with millions of high-quality, royalty-free samples, sounds, presets and loops, covering nearly ever musical style. With Splice natively embedded in Force, experience immediate wi-fi access to your own Splice library directly from the touch user interface. To celebrate Splice integration in Force, Splice Sounds is offering all Force users a free 3-month subscription to Splice with access to millions of royalty-free samples, loops, and presets.

    Coming Soon

    Attention all Ableton Live enthusiasts! Shortly after its international release, Force’s development program includes a pivotal update that guarantees one-for-one control of all core production and performance functionality within Ableton Live. From total visibility and command of Ableton’s clip matrix to tactile control of core mixer and device parameters instantiated in Ableton Live’s workspace, Force forms the beating heart of your creativity, guaranteeing immediate, effortless integration within your existing setup.

      Akai Professional Force Standalone Sampler/Sequencer Features:

      • Standalone sampler/sequencer with Ableton Link compatibility
      • 7" multi-touch display for launching clips, manipulating effects, and navigating projects
      • 8 x 8 velocity-sensitive pad matrix for playing instruments, launching clips, and more
      • Cue mixing and DJing capabilities offer big performance potential
      • 360-degree rotary encoders feature OLED feedback
      • Integrate with other hardware and modular synthesizers with CV/Gate and MIDI I/O
      • Comprehensive sampling capabilities with real-time time stretching and pitch shifting
      • 4 built-in synth engines created by AIR Music Technology
      • Onboard arpeggiator
      • Note modes give access to intelligent chord, progression, and scale options
      • Keygroup Tracks allow you to load multi-sampled instruments or create your own from your hardware synths
      • Built-in looper
      • Over 10GB of sounds included
      • Record your own samples directly, or load them via USB, SD card, or SATA drive
      • Deep mixing capabilities, including intern

            Type Performance Pad and Standalone Sampler/Sequencer
            Internal Sound Engine 4 x Synth Engines
            Screen 6.9" Full-color LED Touch Display
            Pads 64 x Velocity-sensitive, Pressure-sensitive RGB Pads
            Sounds 10GB Force Sounds; 248 Kits, 2500+ Loops, 500+ Patterns, 16 Demo Projects
            Sequencer Audio/MIDI/CV Sequencing
            Sampling Capture Audio, Resampling, MPC Sample Editing
            Looper Force Looper; Import Stems, Loops and One-shots
            Analog Inputs 2 x XLR-1/4" combo (mic/line/instrument)
            Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS (master out), 2 x 1/4" TRS
            Headphones 1 x 1/4"
            MIDI I/O 3 x 1/8" (In/Out/Thru)
            Other I/O 4 x CV/Gate out, 1 x Ethernet (link)
            USB 2 x Type A, 1 x Type B
            Storage 16GB On-board Storage, SD Card Slot, 2.5" SATA connector (user expansion SSD/HDD)
            Compatibility Ableton Link
            Power Supply 19V DC 3.4A power supply (included)
            Depth 15.3"
            Width 13.8"
            Height 2.85"
            Weight 8.53 lbs.
            Manufacturer Part Number MPC TOUCH